The Turkish airliner which was hijacked and diverted to Bulgaria on Sunday (October 22), remained on the runway at Sofia airport while the hijackers on board negotiated with the Turkish authorities.
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Background: The Turkish airliner which was hijacked and diverted to Bulgaria on Sunday (October 22), remained on the runway at Sofia airport while the hijackers on board negotiated with the Turkish authorities.
There were four guerrillas--their ages ranged from 18 to 22--armed with two pistols. At first they offered to free the 69 passengers in return for a safe passage to Cuba. They also demanded the release of Ziya Yilmaz, the 24-year-old former treasurer of the underground Turkish People's Liberation Army, who is under sentence of death after convictions for kidnapping, bank robbery, extortion and guerrilla activities. Yilmaz was involved in the kidnapping and murder of Israeli Consul-General Ephraim Elrom, in Turkey, last May. The guerrillas also demanded freedom for eleven other prisoners held in Turkish goals on what they said were political grounds. Other demands included alterations to the Turkish constitution, money for universities and peasants, and abolition of an anti-strike law.
Ten passengers, including two women with children, were later allowed to leave the plane. Food was taken on board and a heating system connected up as snow began to fall. The hijackers set a deadline of Noon local time (1000 GMT) on Monday (23 October) for their demands to be met, failing which they would detonate explosives. But that deadline passed, and after discussions with a Bulgarian official, the guerrillas later set further deadlines--and eventually surrendered.